This colorful, healthy salad recipe features persimmons--lightly sweet fruit, commonly grown in California, that ripen just in time to grace holiday tables. If you can't find persimmons, diced apples are a good alternative.

Carolyn Malcoun
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 2015
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook rice in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, about 45 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water to cool; drain well.

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  • Meanwhile, whisk oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the rice and kale; marinate at room temperature, stirring occasionally, for 15 minutes. Stir in persimmons (or apples), cranberries and parsley.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare rice (Step 1) and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Two types of persimmons are available during the fall and winter. Flat-bottomed Fuyus are bright orange and the texture of an almost-ripe peach when ready to eat--perfect for salsas and salads, with or without the peel. Oval-shaped, darker orange and larger Hachiyas are only edible when almost liquid on the inside. The cinnamon-apricot-flavored flesh is used in baking or can be scooped out of the skin and eaten like custard. Underripe, they are off-puttingly tart. Both types take several days to ripen at room temperature.

Nutrition Facts

248.3 calories; protein 5.1g 10% DV; carbohydrates 38.6g 13% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 4.6g 18% DV; sugars 13g; fat 9.7g 15% DV; saturated fat 1.3g 7% DV; cholesterolmg; vitamin a iu 2796.7IU 56% DV; vitamin c 29.2mg 49% DV; folate 59.2mcg 15% DV; calcium 42.9mg 4% DV; iron 1.1mg 6% DV; magnesium 62mg 22% DV; potassium 300.7mg 8% DV; sodium 302.1mg 12% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 7% DV; added sugar 6g.